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Then and Now

This page compares the scene shown on an old postcard with how that scene looks today.

With carefull planning and study of the original postcard I have attempted to take the present day photograph from exactly the same location, using the same lens focal length and in similar lighting conditions; a technique popularly known as rephotography.

Torrin Public School, then and now.

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Broadford Hotel, then and now.

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Blaven from Torrin, then and now.

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Broadford Old Church and Blaven, then and now.

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Torrin Barns, then and now.

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Blaven from Torrin

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The then postcard carries the reference "19227" and was published by Judges Ltd. of Hastings.

The date of the original photograph can be estimated as being between 1937, when the iconic white cottage on the far side of Loch Slapin was built, and 1940 when the cottage to the right was rebuilt and extended.

Attached to this cottage is a small corrugated iron hut with the words "Torrin Shop" painted on the roof. After the shop closed in the 1960s the hut was moved 30 metres (100 feet), just out of shot to the right, and continues to serve as a domestic shed and garage (see the Gallery page). The roofless cottage right of centre was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the modern house that appears in the now image.

The now photograph was taken on New Year's day 2009.

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